She’s the Australian advertising executive who caught the eye, and heart, of Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
And since then, her life had unfolded as a modern-day fairytale of the commoner who becomes a princess.
As the Crown Princess celebrates her 47th birthday and her 15th year as part of the royal family in Denmark, FEMAIL takes a look back at her most iconic, stylish and memorable moments.
Whether she’s being the epitome of style and grace at state events or entertaining her adorable family on the ski slopes of Verbier, Princess Mary has been dubbed the world’s most stylish royal for several years in a row.
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As the Crown Princess celebrates her 47th birthday and her 15th year as part of the royal family in Denmark (pictured with the whole family), FEMAIL takes a look back at her most iconic, stylish and memorable moments
Princess Mary has always been a royal favourite – to such an extent that she has been dubbed the world’s most stylish royal for several years in a row (pictured on her 47th birthday)
In April 2003, Queen Margrethe publicly acknowledged the relationship, which only served to fuel the rumours of an impending royal engagement – and then, in May 2004 Princess Mary and Prince Frederik got married (pictured)
Over the years, Princess Mary has mixed state duties (left at the Home Guard Control in 2017) with family affairs and ski breaks to Verbier (right in Verbier in 2013)
Princess Mary was born on February 5, 1972, in Hobart, Tasmania, the youngest of Scottish-born maths professor John Donaldson and university secretary Henrietta Clark Donaldson’s four children.
The captain of the girls’ hockey and swimming teams, she later went to Hobart Matriculation College and the University of Tasmania, from which she graduated in 1994 with a Bachelors degree in Commerce and Law.
She quickly dived into professional life, moving to Melbourne where she accepted a position at an international advertising agency.
By the time she met Prince Frederik in the Slip Inn in Sydney in 2000, Mary was working in public relations.
She has attended state banquets, such as this one in 2018 for Crown Prince Frederik’s 50th birthday, where Princess Mary gave a speech about her husband
The pair quickly hit it off, and were seen together in both Australia and Denmark over the following three years while they were dating.
In April 2003, Queen Margrethe publicly acknowledged the relationship, which only served to fuel the rumours of an impending royal engagement.
Six months later, this proved to be true – and Mary Donaldson’s life as she knew it changed forever.
Over the years, the family have enjoyed countless picture-perfect ski holidays
Princess Mary and Prince Frederik are pictured in June 15 as they attended the royal wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist in Stockholm (pictured)
The couple gave birth to their adorable twins, Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent, in January 2011 (pictured at the hospital)
Princess Mary and Prince Frederik married in May 2004, and the Crown Princess opted for a stunning gown by the Danish designer Uffer Frank, alongside a veil first used by Crown Princess Margret of Sweden in 1905.
Her Australian heritage was not forgotten in the ceremony, as she carried a bouquet containing Australian snow gum eucalyptus, as well as flowers from the palace garden.
The couple’s first child, Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John, was born October 15, 2005, and Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe followed on April 21, 2007.
The couple later gave birth to their adorable twins, Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent, in January 2011.
Since then, it has been a whirlwind of family and state life. The royal family have managed to juggle both holidays to the ski slopes in Verbier and Chateau de Cayx in Luzech, France, alongside their official duties.
Meanwhile, the Princess has managed to return to Australia on countless occasions with her family, including a visit to Bonorong Park Wildlife Centre in Hobart in 2006, and Christmas in Australia in 2015.
Princess Mary has in the past attended events like Royal Ascot (left with Kate Middleton in 2016), while her romance with Frederik continues to blossom (right, when he held an umbrella for her in 2017)
Who could forget the day Princess Mary turned up to the Magasin du Nord Fashion Prize 2017 ward ceremony a in the same dress as her friend, Nina Wedell-Wedellsborg, after they both plumped for an outfit by Danish Britt Sisseck? (pictured)
The Princess has made a point of visiting Australia again over the years – such as when she visited Hobart in Tasmania in 2006 with her family (pictured)
Giving back had always been a huge thing for the Princess, who set up the Mary Foundation to fight against social isolation for children and adults.
The foundation combated social isolation i three areas: Mobility and Well-being, Violence in Home and Solitude.
Each year the Mary Foundation handed out 2.000 rucksacks for children who were in shelters with their mothers in Denmark, the Faroe Islands or Greenland.
The foundation also worked against bullying, violence and loneliness.
On Prince Frederik’s 50th birthday (pictured), Princess Mary made a speech about Frederik the ‘Mamil’ (middle aged man in lycra) – however, she said she thought he still ‘looks sharp in lycra’
Princess Mary’s style has been praised by men and women the world over for years, with her taking out the crown of the world’s most stylish royal on multiple occasions
The Crown Princess’s style moments over the years had been varied and myriad.
Who could forget the day she turned up to the Magasin du Nord Fashion Prize 2017 award ceremony in the same dress as her friend Nina Wedell-Wedellsborg, after they both plumped for an outfit by Danish Britt Sisseck?
The pair laughed it off effortlessly and even posed together for photos.
The family were pictured in 2018 in the Faroe Islands in coordinating outfits (pictured), during their visit to the village of Mikladalur
Many royal fans have enjoyed seeing the children grow up over the years (pictured in Luzech, France, in 2014)
Princess Mary celebrated her 47th birthday on 5 February 2019, in a year that will also see the Danish royal toast her 15th wedding anniversary with Prince Frederik in May (the royal family pictured in Copenhagen in 2018)
Over the years, the Crown Princess has stunned in orange at Royal Ascot with the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, at royal events and most recently at Prince Frederik’s 50th birthday, where she gave a speech about her husband, the man who she said ‘still looks sharp in lycra’.
Calling him a MAMIL, she said: ‘Mamil stands for a middle-aged man in lycra who rides expensive racing bicycles wearing professional style body-hugging jerseys and shorts.
‘Opinions vary over whether lycra and men in their 40s go together. But darling, you still look rather sharp in lycra.’
Mary’s fashion sense has been such a hit that a public vote named her the World’s Most Stylish Royal twice, beating the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.
Princess Mary celebrated her 47th birthday on 5 February 2019, in a year that will also see the Danish royal toast her 15th wedding anniversary with Prince Frederik in May.